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The Census Taker (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 23 January 1984 (USA)
Exasperated by his intrusions, a family shoots a census taker and tries to hide his body from a detective.

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(as Bruce Randall Cook)

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George
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Martha
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Harvey
Austen Tayler ...
Eva
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Pete
Troy Alexander ...
Edward
Erin-Bruce Tolcharian ...
Robert
William R. Bremer ...
Sheriff
Laine Walker-McGrew ...
Woman with Broom
Laura Sorrenson ...
Woman in Leopard-skin Pants (as Roxanne Rolle)
Anne Dubroff ...
Women in Robe
Roxy Kim ...
Punk Girl
Jennifer Finch ...
Punk Girl
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The fictional suburban community of Appleton is turned upside down thanks to Harvey McGraw, an annoying census taker who's in charge of checking the neighborhood's population. When Harvey visits George and Martha Dade, they reluctantly invite him in, but when the questionnaire turns too personal for the couple, they accidentally shoot him in the forehead. They are then forced to hide his body from their company, Martha's sister Eva and her husband Pete, a former detective. When he discovers Harvey's body in the kitchen closet, a bright future is very unlikely for George and Martha. Written by Kyle J. McElravy

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Four lovers with everything to hide. One stranger with nothing to lose. Will they survive.... You'll die laughing.

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Comedy | Crime

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23 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Husbands, Wives, Money & 'Murder'  »

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The filmmakers chose The Residents to perform the soundtrack as they were suggested by Penn Jilette. See more »

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In the close-up shot of George and Pete's lifeless bodies, Timothy Bottoms can be seen breathing. See more »

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Before the end credits, a final census tally of Appleton types itself onto the screen. See more »

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References Peyton Place (1957) See more »

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A Neglected Gem
23 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is a low-budget comedy with cheap sets, but it is a direct spoof of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolfe?" Even the characters see the parallel, as their names are George and Martha. Martha's first words are, "What a dump!", a direct quote. You have a dysfunctional couple who have to host a younger couple. Secrets are revealed. If only they had eliminated that annoying census taker this would have been even better. The couples' interaction could carry the movie. The best aspect is you get to see the FUNNY side of Meredith MacRae. She was usually typecast as the ingenue, occasionally getting to sing, but always serious, even in comedies. You had to see her on a game show to find out how smart and funny she was. This was the only time she showed off her sarcastic, comic delivery. I was a big fan of hers in the 70s, but never heard of this until about 8 years ago. Thank goodness for cable.


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